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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) | [Mindy Kaling]

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”
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Publisher's Summary

Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence “Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I’ll shut up about it?”

Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages). If so, you’ve come to the right book, mostly!

In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, Mindy invites readers on a tour of her life and her unscientific observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls. Mindy Kaling really is just a Girl Next Door—not so much literally anywhere in the continental United States, but definitely if you live in India or Sri Lanka.

©2011 Mindy Kaling (P)2011 Random House

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    Vanessa CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-10-11
    Vanessa CHICAGO, IL, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2011
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    "highly recommended!"

    Well done, laugh out loud funny, recommending it to everyone! I love this woman, she just gets it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 01-23-12
    Gail jackson, NJ, United States 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    Would you try another book from Mindy Kaling and/or Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Mindy Kaling’s story?

    It was ridiculously juvenile.


    What didn’t you like about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance?

    I wanted to slap her, with that quasi valley girl lilt to her voice


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Annoyance, Boredom, Wasted Money


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't make it through this book --- it was so pre-teen.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-04-14
    Sarah CINCINNATI, OHIO, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Mindy Kaling is kind of funny"
    Would you try another book from Mindy Kaling and/or Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    I ordered this audio mostly because my boyfriend is a huge office fan and always refers to Mindy as a "funny broad." Well I agree, she's kind of funny. She's also kind of conceited, kind of annoying, and kind of boring. Every autobiography requires some self-deprication, and Mindy provides plenty. However, rather than own her growing pains, Mindy ends every unfortunate tale with a flip of her hair, and a "that's me and I love me and I'm awesome." That makes the book much less fun for readers/listeners. Her story is basically just about how she was a spoiled, rich girl who wanted to be a comedian and basically was persistent enough to make this happen. I spent most of the book wishing that I could be as self-delusional as her so that I maybe I could have forced my way into success as well. I did like that she narrated her own book, but the random interjections of the co-narrator, were awkward and too infrequent to make them go with the book's flow.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Houston, TX, United States 01-25-14
    Mary Houston, TX, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2014

    Twenty-something bibliovore.

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    "Mindy Kaling is my hero"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) to be better than the print version?

    I have never read the printed edition, but I would say that the audiobook is GOLD! There is one part where she lists pictures that you can't get in the audiobook, so then the print edition could come in handy. BUT the way she reads it is hilarious and makes it so much funnier.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mindy Kaling's literary and actual voice come together so well. It is absolutely hilarious and you feel like she is your best friend while listening.


    What about Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performance did you like?

    She is hilarious. She wrote the words and delivers them flawlessly and hilariously.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did listen to it all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it. It totally lived up to all the hype my best friend gave it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Annie SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-13-13
    Annie SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, United States 02-13-13
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    "I thought it was supposed to be humourous"
    What would have made Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) better?

    Witt and humor.


    Has Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, if this is what Audible thinks of as funny


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    That wouldn't have fixed it. It was the material.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger and disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Mindy Kaling explains how she got to be a TV writer and actor. Problem is, she leaves out all humor. It sounds more like a sorority girl bragging to her frenemy at the reunion. Save your money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Wellington, New Zealand 02-04-13
    Jennifer Wellington, New Zealand 02-04-13
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    "Mildly entertaining"
    Would you try another book from Mindy Kaling and/or Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ?

    It would take a lot of convincing and a promise of something better to try another.


    What was most disappointing about Mindy Kaling’s story?

    I purchased it expecting laugh out loud humour and a light hearted story. There wasn't really a story and I barely smiled.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom mostly


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Nicholasville, KY, United States 01-30-12
    Jessica Nicholasville, KY, United States 01-30-12
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    "My first audio book!"
    If you could sum up Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Interesting, Quick


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that Mindy read the book. I thought it would be weird to hear this read by someone else.


    Have you listened to any of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this was my first audiobook.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I liked the chapter where she talked about her weight issues.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was great for my first book. I didn't know what to expect but I enjoyed it very much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Durham, NC, United States 01-19-12
    Linda Durham, NC, United States 01-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "awful"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was a story, or narrative, or something other than a valley girl listing how much she wants to be rich, popular and special, or if there was some humor in it, I may have liked it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mindy Kaling and Michael Schur ’s performances?

    no


    What character would you cut from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)?

    Mindy


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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